Bret Thorn

Senior Food Editor, Nation’s Restaurant News

Bret Thorn is responsible for reporting on culinary trends in foodservice for Nation's Restaurant News. He joined NRN in 1999, after spending about five years as a journalist in Thailand, where he wrote business and food stories. His columns in NRN won the 2006 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for best staff-written editorial or opinion column. A magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University in Medford, Mass., with a bachelor’s degree in history, Mr. Thorn also studied at Le Cordon Bleu Ecole de Cuisine in Paris.

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Jun 07, 2013

On truffle dinners and salad bars

On a ride to LAX, Bret Thorn discusses restaurants with his driver....More
Jun 07, 2013

Democrats’ local taste

Greek salad, local chicken and a lot of desserts were served to President Barack Obama at a recent California fundraiser....More
May 20, 2013

A piece of the action from the Las Vegas strip

Antonio Mata has isolated a tender muscle in the beef shoulder and has dubbed it the Las Vegas strip....More
May 16, 2013

Beard Awards post-mortem

Movie themes, lamb sausage, go-go dancers and police all were part of our hero’s Beard Award celebrations....More
May 03, 2013

Taste of the Nation

Taste and the Nation’s abundance contrasts with the fact that one in five American children are in food insecure households....More
Apr 25, 2013

In defense of egg yolks

Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Gabby Douglas is featured at the New York City launch of McDonald's Egg White Delight McMuffin, and senior food....More
Apr 11, 2013

Aureole tries to go casual

Aureole’s new Big Mag Boeuf Sunday promises steak and Bordeaux in a casual setting....More
Apr 03, 2013

Food & Wine's Best New Chefs 2013 party

Senior Food Editor Bret Thorn chats with chefs and eats Dan Kluger's hot sauce butter, Wylie Dufresne’s popcorn soup and Grant Achatz's cinnamon....More
Mar 28, 2013

Tasting the new McWraps

Senior food editor Bret Thorn takes a first look at McDonald’s new premium offering....More
What's Food Writer's Diary?

Food Writer's Diary is a blog written by Bret Thorn, senior food editor of Nation’s Restaurant News, which covers culinary trends and his adventures.

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